Huckleberry Finn meets Candide, but with added window cleaning – Glass is a charming, off-beat comedy about a young man finding his way in the modern world.
Meet Gunter Glass: ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the modern world.
Ever since a childhood visit to a glass-blower’s workshop, Gunter has had an unusual fixation with glass. When a minor adventure up the spire of Salisbury cathedral turns hiim into a local celebrity – and gives him a taste for extreme heights – Gunter is called to his dream job: cleaning Europe’s tallest skyscraper, London’s shard.
Enchantingly unprepared for the bright lights of the city – and philosophically under-equipped for sharing a flat with an eccentric German intellectual called the Steppehnwolf – Gunter must navigate his own way through life, armed only with his monther’s homespun wisdom and knowledge gleaned from haphazard wanderings through Wikipedia. But will his innocence put him on a collisioncourse with the baffling modern world?
Glass is a novel about learning to wise up to the world around you. Charming, funny and slyly clever, it establishes Alex Christofi as one of Britain’s most exciting new writers.
- Winner of the Betty Trask Award (2016).
- Long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize (best debut novel, 2015).
- Featured among 10 new fiction books deemed best of the season by the Independent (Spring 2015).
First published by Serpent’s Tail (UK) in 2015.
Awards and other accolades
- winner of the Betty Trask Award (2016)
- long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize as best debut novel (2015)
- A WH Smith Fresh Talent pick
- Amazon rising star
- “10 best fiction Books” Independent (Spring 2015)
- Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2015
“Gunter Glass, with his flaws and limitations, and his believe in the better part of human nature, is a great pleasure to spend time with”.
Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English
“Glass is a brilliant novel’.
Simon van Booy
“Christofi’s writing really does gleam with wit, inventiveness and an offbeat charm”.
“A promising debut from an intriguing new voice.”
We Love This Book
“Pitch-perfect writing…well-drawn and believable characters…the narrative skates a narrow path between light and shade, laughter and tears with confidence and authority”
Joanne Harris, author and judge of the Betty Trask Award (see above).